After decades of inactivity, Mount St Helens coughed to
life in March 1980, some two months before its explosive eruption. Its smoke and rumbling were warning that something big
was building up. Officials set up an exclusion zone around the
volcano based on scientists’ ideas about how an eruption would
occur. However, the blast was larger than expected, plus it first
erupted sideways to the north instead of vertically. Of the 57
people that died, all but three were outside the exclusion zone.
Wrong geological ideas can be deadly.
Wrong geological ideas have also led people to wrong ideas
about the Bible—that the events it describes were mythological
and did not actually happen. Mount St Helens changed that,
For many years, geologist Dr Steven Austin researched
the geological effects of the Mount St Helens eruption and its
aftermath. He published extensively on how that catastrophe
sheds light on the global catastrophe of Noah’s Flood, which
is a key to confirming the Bible’s truth.1
LEARNING THE LESSONS
OF MOUNT ST HELENS
HOW ITS ERUPTION BACKS BIBLICAL HISTORY
■ Tas Walker
IT WAS not until I visited Mount St Helens volcano in Washington State, USA, that I fully appreciated the immensity of its 1980 explosion. Over many ears, I had learned a lot about the eruption, watching videos, listening to lectures, and reading reports. When the mountain blew up physically, it
also blew away many false ideas about geology, ideas that were wrong, but
had been believed for more than a century.
CREATION.com 23 Creation 39( 3) 2017